South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is a path that extends across 17 counties as it runs from the Appalachian Mountains to the seashore. The National Heritage Corridor was established by Congress in 1996 to promote and preserve the cultural, natural and historic resources of South Carolina with an emphasis on European settlement, African-American history, agriculture, historic trade routes and the state's seaports. Revolutionary War and Civil War sites are also included.
Contained within the National Heritage Corridor is the Francis Beidler Forest, a 16,000-acre Audubon Society project that preserves and protects about 1,800 acres of old-growth bald cypress and tupelo gum trees, a virgin forest that contains some of the largest trees of their species. The Heritage Area ties together most places tourists might be interested in visiting in the Palmetto State.
A typical South Carolina cotton field
Lower photo courtesy of the National Park Service